Definition of trait noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//treɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//treɪt//
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a particular quality in your personality personality traits Awareness of class is a typically British trait. Wordfinderanti-hero, baddy, character, goody, hero, love interest, narrator, protagonist, trait, villain Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, from Latin tractus ‘drawing, draught’, from trahere ‘draw, pull’. An early sense was ‘stroke of the pen or pencil in a picture’, giving rise to the sense ‘a particular feature of mind or character’ (mid 18th cent.).Extra examples She shares several character traits with her father. We do not know which behavioural traits are inherited and which acquired. a collection of traits associated with schizophrenia the composer’s stylistic traits personality/​character traits
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